True Grit Edges Fockers at Friday Box Office

True Grit continued its gritty box office performance on Friday in edging out Little Fockers for the top spot.

Jeff Bridges inspired performance of an old drunken U.S. Marshall continues to lead the Coen Brothers’ remake of the John Wayne western classic. Its estimated $4.4 million Friday haul puts it a hair under $100 million since debuting. That barrier will be crossed today.

Little Fockers took second with $4.2 million and now approaches $115 million since release. It could still conceivably come out on top for the weekend if families turn out for matinee showings on Saturday and Sunday.

Newcomer Season of the Witch starring Nicholas Cage scared off more business than it attracted. The estimated $3.6 million on Friday suggests the film will not top $10 million through Sunday. After a rough 2010 for Universal at the box office, this flop isn’t the best way to launch business in the New Year.

Country Strong expanded to roughly 1,500 screens this weekend and came in fifth with $2.5 million Friday. It’s weekend estimates are in the $7.5 million range.

The complete weekend box office results will be published Sunday.

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